Scooter Schaefer
Imagine for a moment you know a student activist at an expensive New England university. This alternatively dressed student and his friends started a campus club that sounds like a 1960's liberation organization; they regularly attend protests, meet at coffee shops, and engage in philosophy debates. If you are imagining a young liberal radical, don't jump the gun.

There is a new fresh face of student activism that is challenging the liberal bulwark that has long dominated college campuses, and should have you re-examining your pre-conceived notions about campus activism on the right.

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The student activist described above could be any number of students that are a part of a movement that is rapidly growing on college campuses across the country, and is neither an extension of the GOP nor a scheme to repackage conservatism.

To put a face on this surge of activism, look no further than what Patrick Henry deemed as our nation's "primary object," when "the American spirit was in its youth," which is the cause of liberty. Students are always more apt to rally around an ideology or cause that transcends traditional politics, party affiliation, and the diluting effect of compromise.

In the past, right-leaning campus activism has primarily served two traditional roles. First, as a primer for party politics and leadership, with groups such as College Republicans that have long prepared and placed students into the machinery of the Republican Party. And second, as a loose affiliation of campus clubs and organizations that represent the values of evangelicals and social conservatives.

What is missing from this traditional mold of campus activism on the right is a clear and defined ideology that provides a rallying cry for students equal or greater to those on the left. Liberalism on college campuses is not adequately challenged unless by direct confrontation and contradiction. Consider that liberty, although opposite of socialism is similar in its appeal to students. Both are an uncompromising ideology, impassioned cause, and call to action, and therefore can equally resonate with students.

Scooter Schaefer

Scooter Schaefer is a writer who focuses on liberty.